West Ham United U23s player Anthony Scully joined Lincoln City on a permanent basis at the beginning of February, as reported by the Hammers’ official website.
This put an end to the Republic of Ireland youth international’s nine years playing in claret and blue, which will likely have caused frustration for many Hammers fans.
That feeling will have only been intensified by the 20-year-old’s impressive record for the U23s this campaign, as in his 16 games across Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy, he recorded 14 goals and five assists.
With that in mind, there are some fans who will be keeping an eye on the youngster’s early progress at Sincil Bank.
His first two appearances, which saw him come off the bench to get a total of 35 minutes against Rotherham United and MK Dons, didn’t throw up anything of significant note.
There was definitely a slight indication that he can be an effective player in the first of those games though, as he produced two key passes in 18 minutes, which is fairly impressive.
However, it is his first start for the Imps that will have grown the frustration levels among West Ham fans and have them questioning their club’s decision to sell.
Lincoln may have ended up losing 4-3 against Accrington Stanley, but Scully got 90 minutes under his belt for the first time and showed that he can translate his clinical nature from the youth ranks to Football League gameplay.
With half an hour on the clock, Lincoln had a corner played into the box and they won the first header, which saw the ball go in Scully’s direction.
A defender tried to get his toe in, but Scully held him off intelligently with his significantly smaller frame, before turning past two Accrington men and squeezing the ball past the goalkeeper Josef Bursik.
Scully looked extremely pleased with himself when he ran off in celebration, but this moment will only impound the frustration of any Hammers fans who had been concerned about his departure.